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Volume :1 Issue : 4 1981      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Samuel Beckett: the Intellectual Clown

Auther : Ahmed El-Nadi

This paper deals with the absurdity of Beckett’s absurd theatre, it examines his technique and trend of thought and analyses his conception of the modern hero and the role he plays in modern society. A Beckettian hero is a sort of clown who depends on words and gestures to pass the time. So we meet with these forms of action in Beckett’s theatre: circus clownery, music-hall cross-talk and dramatic mime. The hero fills up the time by performing these gestures without entertaining an audience; his only aim is to get rid of a feeling of boredom. It is true that he is acting and that he knows he is acting; but the fact remains that he is acting for himself.

In beckett’s drama there is a rich vein of comedy; yet this is a humor that treads on the brink of tears, while his tragedy reveals the varied riches of comedy.

 
 

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